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A New Me

By dudler
Silly Sunday.

My blog today is about my first faltering steps working with Layers. It won't tell you how to do that, because I have very little idea of what I'm doing, but it may give some insight into the struggle to get to grips with something completely new...

So the title is sort of appropriate. And it's also the new modelling name of the lady in this picture, previously known as Nee Naa, who is madly inventive. She's just returning to posing after taking six months away from cameras after the birth of her first child.

I'd bought knee pads for achieving painless low angles in a studio with a concrete floor: my model nicked them, and adopted them as her sole costume (apart from the shoes).

So thank you, A New Me, for all those years of madness, of playing with costume and props, laughter, excellent cups of tea and lovely pictures. I'll see you in a little bit over a week: and EPZ members will see you the following day. Possibly treated with Layers.

Tags: High heels Portraits and people concrete floor A New Me

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Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 6:59AM
Perfect for today !!
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DaveRyder Plus
6 4.4k 7 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 7:12AM
And obviously without the knee pads you could get a lower angle.
hobbo Plus
9 1.6k 3 England
26 Jul 2020 7:27AM
Strangely..... I tackled layers in Photoshop CS6 years ago, after a relative took me through it step by step, adding a tone here, burning a bit there.... using the sliders to suit what I wanted to achieve....finishing with targeted sharpening, again, on selected areas .....each layer flattened as I progress to save disk space.

That is the way I was taught back then... it is now second nature to me....I can do it without thinking....

But....if I was shown an alternative method of achieving the same things .... I would be totally flummoxed.

Currently I’m confusing mysel even more by transferring much if my processing to my iPad Pro... using AFFINITY PHOTO.... and.....PIXELMATOR PHOTO.

‘Taint easy at my age...

kaybee 16 7.3k 26 Scotland
26 Jul 2020 7:43AM
I was thinking 'Prevention of Carpet burns' or 'Housemaids Knee'.
Your explanation shows I was closer with my 2nd choice.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2248 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 8:09AM
The title is quite disturbing...
Wishing you strength, apart from certain areas where they are essential, my attitude to layers is Life's too short. I have developed my own, highly unorthodox, ways round them... Wink
26 Jul 2020 8:30AM
I can't imagine a better advert for knee pads, John.
As for layers; I can only relate the word to winter clothing.Wink

Robert51 11 7 104 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 9:02AM
I thought the knee pads were needed when she tried to walk in those heels John. Great shot that made me laugh...

I easy way to think of layers is like tissue paper. Your can draw one thing on each layer and when you put them all together you get the whole picture. This way you can change any one thing without having to redo the whole thing.

I thought I would the idea of tissue paper for those of us that used slate and chalk at school...
saltireblue Plus
10 10.9k 63 Norway
26 Jul 2020 9:41AM
Are you into the realms of being paid for product placement in your images, John?Wink

As for layers, in my opinion it is well worth sacrificing a little time and effort to learn how to use them as they can add a great deal to the creativity you can put into an image...
I wonder if some of those who repeatedly state they can't be bothered using time to learn layers in reality don't understand just how much more scope they can give your photography. Or simply don't understand how to use them...
Congratulations on starting to get your head round them, John. I would encourage you to persevere!
26 Jul 2020 10:57AM

“I will not take up your time, dear boy, with telling you what is the matter with me. Life is brief, and you might pass away before I had finished. But I will tell you what is NOT the matter with me. I have not got housemaid’s knee. Why I have not got housemaid’s knee, I cannot tell you; but the fact remains that I have not got it. Everything else, however, I HAVE got.”
― Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
jacomes Plus
5 25 13 Portugal
26 Jul 2020 11:24AM
How can she stand in those shoes, let alone walk, knee pads essential?
chase Plus
14 1.7k 420 England
26 Jul 2020 11:41AM
The knee pads and the stiletto shoes combination made me smile Smile

Learning something very different is hard work...........every day is a school day Wink
26 Jul 2020 11:50AM
Processing images without using layers is rather like driving a high performance car but never going beyond second gear.
mac Plus
18 7 Scotland
26 Jul 2020 12:45PM
Layers are an integral part of Photoshop and its like taken the advance driving course and buying a Fiat 500! (Nice cars my daughter-n-law has one!) Your image raised a giggle!
mistere Plus
7 6 3 England
26 Jul 2020 1:36PM
Knee pads are a lot easier to use, you'll create a lot more images per hour using them
than you will with layers SmileSmile
I really should get myself some.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 4 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2020 5:15PM
I've only ever seen knee pads on horses (in a stable or horse box) but a good idea for concrete.
A strange combination with high heels!
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
26 Jul 2020 5:17PM
I'll happily accept that Layers will let you do more than you can otherwise: but I don't think they count as a basic: and they aren't as simple as layers of tracing paper! That's the point: it involves familiarity with a number of different buttons and panels in a way that isn't intuitive. I'm sure I'll get there, but it comes lower down my priority list than taking a few pictures every day!

Do people remember colour solarisation line drawings? In the Eighties, there was a technique to produce coloured outlines from negatives, bright line drawings on black backgrounds. My impression was that they took several hours of hard work. A good one looked spectacular, but most looked like a cheap trick. Definitely, life was too short.

I'd rate learning how to focus a Lensbaby Velvet at full aperture as an equally important skill - certainly for the type of pictures I produce... So are we all signed up for that?

Advanced driving, or high speed track driving, Ian? Either way, I reckon that I'd be happier travelling with a really good driver in a Morris Minor than a Ferrari with a careless person: and advance drivers have, from what I've seen, much greater awareness of what's happening round them than the rest of the population.

Keep watching. I will admit it if I decide that Layers are essential to me, as opposed to helpful/a way to compensate for sloppy camerawork...
hobbo Plus
9 1.6k 3 England
26 Jul 2020 6:07PM
Again! Very strangely....I seem to be going other way....

Away from Layers, processing and sharpening..... even though I have produced much of my best work that way.... from the huge RAW colour original, through to the conversion of a copy into mono, then working on layers to, adjust specific areas of tone, finishing with targeted sharpening using the...Unsharp Mask.

All very time consuming, but with results as can be seen in my portfolio....

.....But, during the past three weeks, I have forgone all if that to embrace....Out-Of-Camera.... mono JPEGS... with very little post processing required, except a few final adjustments, a straighten, or a crop.

My eBay acquired LUMIX GX9 is producing the goods.... through its unique... M-MONOCHROME-L mode.... which, emulates the Leica, mono only cameras.... the results are truly recent posts are all available in my portfolio.... for viewing and appraisal.

The GX9 M 4/3 Camera, works beautifully with all of my vintage lens collection, and my unique DIY macro lenses...

Currently, I have a 1972 INDUSTAR 61 D focused to 7 feet....

chase Plus
14 1.7k 420 England
26 Jul 2020 7:53PM

Quote:So are we all signed up for that?

Where do I sign ? Wink
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1682 England
26 Jul 2020 7:58PM
Lensbabies, Janet. Lensbabies.

chase Plus
14 1.7k 420 England
26 Jul 2020 7:59PM
I need a dotted line............................................
davyskid 3 2 Scotland
26 Jul 2020 10:12PM
Excellent shot thought you had shaved your leg's going buy the title Wink
mlseawell 10 1 United States
26 Jul 2020 10:46PM
Just learning to be dangerous with layers myself! Wink

27 Jul 2020 3:37AM
I have never used layers, John....maybe I am missing. Something....but...and...I think I may be missing something without a Lensbaby.

And I use knee pads sometimes when I am gardening.


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